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Three Salukis named All-MVFC honorable mentions

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Senior wide receiver Billy Reed (17) and senior linebacker Chase Allen (5) run onto the field with flags before the Salukis' 44-34 win against Western Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Saluki Stadium. (Athena Chrysanthou | @Chrysant1Athena)

Senior wide receiver Billy Reed (17) and senior linebacker Chase Allen (5) run onto the field with flags before the Salukis' 44-34 win against Western Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Saluki Stadium. (Athena Chrysanthou | @Chrysant1Athena)

Senior wide receiver Billy Reed (17) and senior linebacker Chase Allen (5) run onto the field with flags before the Salukis' 44-34 win against Western Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Saluki Stadium. (Athena Chrysanthou | @Chrysant1Athena)

By Sean Carley

Despite not having the best season on the field, the SIU football team still had a few players honored by its conference.

Senior linebacker Chase Allen, freshman running back D.J. Davis and junior offensive lineman Austin Olsen were all named as honorable mentions on the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team.

Olsen has started 22 straight games at left tackle and helped lead SIU to the No. 2 scoring and total offense in the MVFC.

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Allen led the team in tackles for the third consecutive season with 77. He also had seven tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.

It is the second time he was named to an All-MVFC team after being named a second-team member last season. He finishes his career with the 12th-most tackles in program history.

Davis was honored for his return abilities.

Freshman running back D.J. Davis takes the ball toward the end zone during the first half of the Salukis' matchup against WIU on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Saluki Stadium. (Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto)

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Freshman running back D.J. Davis takes the ball toward the end zone during the first half of the Salukis’ matchup against WIU on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at Saluki Stadium. (Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto)

The Floridian freshman averaged a MVFC-best 26 yards per kick return and was one of three players in the conference to return a kick for a touchdown.

His 98-yard return was the second-longest in the conference and helped set the pace for him to finish with the third-most kick return yards in single-season program history.

Sports editor Sean Carley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @SCarleyDE.

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